County honored for openness

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Keeps public informed in many different ways

By Damon Lawrence

One organization thinks Roane County does a pretty good job of keeping residents informed.

The county received a Tennessee County Services Association Success Story Award for its efforts at the organization’s fall conference last week.

“We’re pleased to get the award,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

Woody said TCSA asked counties to make submissions for the award, but there were no particular categories. Roane’s submission focused on communication and transparency initiatives.

“We thought we made a lot of headway in being as transparent in government as possible,” Woody said. “We do a monthly newsletter, executive summaries, position papers, decision-making analyses. I don’t know how many counties do that, but we publish all that on our website.”

Roane County Commission meeting minutes and agendas can also be found on the county’s website, along with county budgets dating back to the 2011 fiscal year. County policies, capital and debt reports are also posted on the website.

“I think it helps the public that it is as transparent as we can make it,” Woody said.

The fall conference was held in Pigeon Forge, and the awards were handed out on Oct. 30.